Portrait of an Iceberg.
Photographs by Simon Harsent.
Pool Productions PTY LTD,
100 pp., Color illustrations throughout, 16¾x12".
This is the first monograph from internationally acclaimed photographer Simon Harsent. Harsent's award winning career spans 3 continents and 20 years and he currently divides his time between the USA and Australia. Melt takes us on a photographic journey through images of massive icebergs in an area known as 'Iceberg Alley' (where the Titanic met its fate in 1912).The humbling beauty and silence of these majestical icescapes are sumptuously presented in full page large colour format.This is an impressive portfolio of work that showcases an amazing wonder of nature and also demonstrates Harsent's incredible passion and sight. If you love the awe of Burtynsky's landscapes or the grandeur of Polidori, you will love Harsent's Melt.This is a must-have for any photography book collection.
'Seeing them first overpowering in grandeur and then, later, about to be absorbed back into the flux from which they came, is both beautiful and humbling: a metamorphosis that endows them with a life-span, each with it's own personality, each with it's own story. This project had its origin in a wholly personal moment; a personal journey. It is impossible, however, to look at these images and not think of the environmental issues we face right now. Just as the choice I made in my childhood in some ways defined me as a man, so the choices we are making as a species will define who we become, and what becomes of the planet on which we live' - Simon Harsent
Images shown in booktease are closely cropped images from plates from the book.
Read Douglas Stockdale's review of Melt in photo-eye Magazine.